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Mackinac Fudge Recipe

Mackinac Fudge Recipe

When I got married, a lady at my parents’ church gave me this version of a popular Michigan treat. I sometimes pipe a bit of frosting on each piece for decoration during the holidays. —Kristen Ekhoff, Akron, Indiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 25 min. + chilling YIELD:117 servings


  • 2 teaspoons plus 1 cup butter, divided
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 25 large marshmallows
  • 1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Decorating icing and sprinkles, optional


  • 1. Line a 13-in. x 9-in. pan with foil; grease the foil with 2 teaspoons butter.
  • 2. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, milk and remaining butter. Bring to a rapid boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook, without stirring, for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  • 3. Stir in marshmallows until melted. Add all chocolate; stir until melted. Stir in vanilla. Immediately spread into prepared pan; cool for 1 hour.
  • 4. Score into 1-in. squares. Refrigerate, covered, for 3 hours or until firm. Using foil, lift out fudge. Remove foil; cut fudge. Store between layers of waxed paper in airtight containers. Decorate as desired. Yield: 3 pounds (117 pieces).

Reviews for Mackinac Fudge

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Sunpoker 225660
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2015

"So easy and yummy too."

Julie Hubert 223143
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2015

"The best fudge ever!"

Lorraine99 221267
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2015

"This is THE best recipe for fudge I have ever made. I followed the directions exactly and it came out perfectly smooth and delicious. Be warned, though, it is addicting."

manpabrown 215795
Reviewed Dec. 24, 2014

"Even though not exactly Mackinac fudge - close enough to make me happy. Grew up vacationing there my entire childhood. Live far away now - was nice to share a taste and some memories with my adult children. The platter was gone in less than 24 hours. Glad I tucked some away for Christmas day :-)"

LEE-LIE 215450
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2014

"My first time making fudge - GREAT recipe! This is a no-brainer if you follow the instructions"

mamamo123 215104
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2014

"Use a recipe that indicates the temperature needed during cooking, before adding marshmallows. Evidently mine was too hot when I added the chocolate because the chocolate broke and the fudge was ruined."

lindakw 214898
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2014

"it is truly Mackinac fudge! I used dark chocolate instead of semi-sweet - It is awesome!!"

baba101 177923
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2014

"small and delishious! what could be more than that!"

AKtumbleweed 212443
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2013

"This is the best recipe for fudge I have ever tried! Came out smooth with absolutely NO grains! Thanks!"

janalynj1 177921
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2013

"The best homemade fudge I have ever had and so easy to make."

MY REVIEW 184308
Reviewed Jan. 28, 2013

"This is the most wonderful recipe for fudge. I was raised in Michigan and went to Mackinac often so was excited when i saw this recipe. I purchased the ingredients and made it right away. I must have made this recipe a least 5 times over the holidays this past year. Patricia Latham, Texarkana, Texas"

fksabel 116489
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2012

"Excellent and large enough batch you don't need to make another batch. I substituted Carnation Evaporated Milk for the milk."

hdextreme 116488
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2012

"I made it for my office and everyone loved it!"

cookingat#8 116466
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2012

"Absolutely delicious and very easy to make."

bettym44 110874
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2012

"We loved it. My husband has talked for years about Mackinac Fudge...but always loved mine. I am not a fudge eater....but this recipe changed my mind. It is the easiest and best I have ever made."

Michelle18725 116731
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2012

"This is the same as my "Fannie Mae Fudge" recipe that I got from an old boy friend in college - his family secret recipe. We have made it for years to give as gifts. This recipe has NEVER failed and I've made it at least 100 times. It makes a smooth, creamy fudge. You don't need a candy thermometer. Just let it boil those 2 minutes. I'm not sure how much it tastes like Mackinac fudge but it is delicious!"

adoptsalot 132494
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2012

"mushy, sticky"

AutumnDragon 149979
Reviewed Nov. 14, 2012 Edited Dec. 17, 2014

"I grew up in Michigan, and I love the fudge from the Mackinaw (Mackinac, French spelling, pronounced the same as the English spelling) area. Definitely want to try."

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